Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Peer Pressure

I thought I was at an age where I didn't care anymore what others did or thought. Obviously I'm wrong. On the Shout out to Melt & Pour Facebook group, everyone's been gearing up for Valentine's. Hearts abound, hearts galore, beautiful uses of hearts and wonderful creations. Okay, I think to myself, I'll join in the fun, I'll do some Valentine's themed soaps as well.

First, I took a bunch of leftover soaps to make the hearts, then I made a loaf and two individual guest soaps. Inevitably, the idea in my head is better than what comes out, and the real product is better than what the picture shows. In case you're wondering why the ones in the loaves don't look like hearts from the angle the picture is taken, it's because they're tilted on their sides. They're a little off, like their owner.


Coffee heart because coffee = love
I call this one elusive heart


I don't know why, but my loaves, before I cut them, always reminds me of rowing. I't's not like I have ever been on a rowing team.

Cut up

The whole fam family of hearts

Ideally I would've been making Chinese New Year themed soaps instead of Valentine's soaps, but I don't have that adorable sheep mould yet. Maybe in another 12 years I'll get around to it.

Have a great week!

Monday, 12 January 2015

Layering

That's what makes the most sense this time of year; bundle up for the weather outside, but take off most of it when you're inside where it's hopefully nice and cozy. Layering works great in that situation, lots of layers so you can shed them as you need but thin layers so you can make slight changes to adjust your comfort level.

Lots of layers don't work for me, at least not when soaping. Or maybe I just need more practice and should stop being so lazy. This is just for home use, so I'm not too bothered by it. Plus, it smells of "Grandma's Griddle with a hint of fruit (because who doesn't like some fruit syrup on their waffles?) so at least it smells really yummy.

It even looks like cake!

It's party in a soap!

The loaf, pre-cut

Have a great week!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Life is not black and white...

but my soap is!

Happy 2015 to all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas/winter season/whatever you celebrated and had a great time ringing in the new year. Me, I had a small gathering of 4 people for Christmas (that way I don't freak out at having too many people in the house at one time) and then went to bed by 10:30 on New Year's Eve. Yes, I know how to party.

Of course I had great plans of doing lots of things during the break, but as always, my plans are lofty but my ability to fulfill them fall short (kinda like me! Hah, short jokes!) (Aren't you all glad that I didn't make giving up bad jokes a New Year's resolution, or to give up the overuse of parentheses, or to stop rambling on and on?) So, Friday, January 01, I'm madly trying to clean up (again) my craft room and cutting up a ton of base for when I do finally start a project. I did try and get some ideas formulated in my head and have been working on display ideas but so far, nothing earth shattering has been accomplished.

I did however, come up with a basic colour scheme for my latest idea:  black and white. Nothing is more pure or simple and yet it's still elegant. I used up some leftovers to create this and poured a layer of clear over the entire thing to see if it'll hold together. I'll have to try it out and report back.

I cheated with this one by changing it to B&W to look more like what I had envisioned.

This is more the true colour of the soap. The white isn't true white because I didn't add extra titanium dioxide and I guess goat's milk isn't as white?
The scent is a watermelon/champagne mix.

So, I'd love to hear what you got up to over the holidays.

Monday, 22 December 2014

End of another year

We're coming to the end of another year, and much as I'd love to do a top 10 accomplishments of the year, well that ain't gonna happen. I'd get to maybe 3 items and then I'd run out of things to say. I do want to do one follow up of a previous post though: remember the one where I placed a bath fizzy within a soap? Not really, that's okay. Here's what happened.


It's bloody difficult to tell from this picture, but the fizzy of course dissolved first, leaving a perfect imprint behind on the soap. 

Looking at this, and some other pictures I've taken makes me realize I need to do a better job with my photos. I won't have any new soaps to show between now and the new year, so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas or whatever you celebrate and a prosperous and happy new year. I look forward to reading all your blog posts and sharing ideas and thoughts in 2015.

Monday, 15 December 2014

From one craft to another

I managed to make the 24 peace soaps for my friend and now it's on to the next thing.

From top left, clockwise: sugar cookies, chocolate pepper cookies, gingerbread cookies and chocolate melting kisses

There are more icebox cookies in the fridge waiting to be baked and the sugar and gingerbread cookies still need to be iced. Funny how these things always take way longer than I anticipate. 

Are you doing any baking for the holiday season? And if anyone wants to know, I'm eating all these cookies myself. ;)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Details, details

I love the details when making MP soaps. Well it's really a love hate relationship, I love the way it looks if it turns out.

This dove doesn't need a lot of detailing, but the parts that do, are very persnickety. I've changed the way I do details now, which is probably less efficient in some ways, but when I'm not in the mood to use the injector tool, makes sense. I just pour the detailed portion soap as close to the area as I can, and hope it doesn't overflow too much. I let it set and then use the scraper to clean it up. It was easier that way when I'm soaping in the kitchen because of the lack of workspace.

Taking pictures of a white object with a white background makes me realize I need better lighting.

Well on the bright side, craft fairs are over for another year, so I can take a break and spend time on other things, like staring at the insides of my eyelids on the weekends instead.

A great big thanks to my friends who helped me with the shows: Christina for carting my displays back and forth and helping with set up and take down, and to Teresa for helping with the last craft fair, making the kids smile by giving them "reindeer food" and talking up my soaps.

Are you running around for the holidays or taking it easy? Have a great week!